Polls Shift: INEC Awaits Further Directives

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Following the fire incident
which affected a section of the Independent National Electoral Commission office, Bori, the headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, the National Chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmud Yakubu, has postponed the legislative rerun election in Rivers State earlier scheduled for this Saturday.
The Public Relations Officer of the commission in Rivers State, Anthonia Nwobi who confirmed this on Tuesday to our correspondent, said this was a statement issued by the national headquarters of INEC.
Most of the political parties including, All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party had expressed their readiness for the rerun election before INEC rescheduled the July 30 polls.
Although before INEC officially announced the postponement on Monday, the electoral body in the state, was waiting for the headquarters to give the commission in the state directive, as there appears to be no major work towards the conduct of the rerun election at the INEC office, especially with regard to the arrival of some non-sensitive materials.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Aniedi Ikoiwak, told The Tide in a telephone interview that the commission at the state level could not take decisions on the rerun election in Rivers State on its own.
Making a reference to the commission’s office in Khana Local Government that was gutted by fire last week, Ikoiwak explained that the decision on whether the election would hold or not would be taken in collaboration with INEC headquarters in Abuja and other stakeholders.
“We are watching the environment and we will soon come out with a statement. Decisions are not taken only at this level; decisions are taken in collaboration with the headquarters and other stakeholders,” the state REC stressed.
Ikoiwak said last Friday’s fire incident at INEC office in Khana LGA was the second in two years within the same area.
“The security agencies have responded to the situation and they are given us assurances and they have also sympathised with us,” he said.